Training While Chronically Ill 1

Training with a chronic illness can be a challenge, a challenge I am familiar with. I live with two chronic illnesses — endometriosis and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS).  Both of these illnesses make training BJJ hard at times. Neither of them are curable. There are treatments that make both […]


Why Do Blue Belts Quit Jiu Jitsu?

  As I write this, I am an experienced purple belt making my way to brown. I highlight this to ensure that I am keenly aware that I have much to learn and that my thoughts and growth in the future may differ from present thoughts. Additionally, if you read […]


Hard Room vs. Working Room 

  When I started Jiu Jitsu, I thought there was one type of training: bump fists, try to kill each other until the round ends, repeat, limp home, repeat tomorrow.  Recently, however; I discovered that BJJ is actually a beautiful tapestry of  many types of training. There is slow, methodical […]


Tips for Keeping A Jiu Jitsu Journal 1

  My first journal was a yellow legal pad that I stole off my dad’s desk, which I wrote on with the Bic pen from my mom’s checkbook. I still remember her digging around in her purse for it a few days later when it was time to pay the […]


How Cross-Training Changed My Athletic Performance 1

When I was training BJJ, Muay Thai, and also boxing competitively, I never felt like there was time for cross-training. I was already at the gym six days a week. How could I possibly fit another workout into my day? My time as a competitive jiujiteira, Muay Thai fighter, and […]


Meet Your Moderator

If you are a girl in a gi, a female who does jiu jitsu, you’re missing out if you haven’t already join the Women’s Grappling Network group on Facebook. It is a group for women who train grappling arts to share thoughts, promote open mats, share tournament info, and support […]


Age Is An Attitude 2

  They say that age isn’t a number, but an attitude. If that’s the case, then Elaine Beiersdoerfer knows how to age well. At 72, and a grandmother of seven, this blue belt may be better known as the Jiu-Jitsu Grandma. Elaine started jiu jitsu at the age of 69. […]


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 101

  Wondering what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is all about? Curious to give it a try, but know next to nothing about it? Don’t panic. We all start somewhere! This article will give you a tiny peek into the world of Jiu Jitsu and why so many women are growing to […]


Returning to Exercise After a Hysterectomy

  A few months ago, I got a total hysterectomy at the age of 33. It’s a radical procedure, especially for someone my age. However, it’s a fairly common procedure because so many women suffer from chronic reproductive conditions. According to the National Women’s Health Network, about 600,000 hysterectomies are […]


Better Than The Olympics

  Marina Drašković began training judo at the age of 9 years old in 1994. Her love for the sport and unwavering tenacity brought her mat side with national teams at an Olympic level of training. She traveled to countries like Japan to train and compete in the sport she […]